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persistent pain in lower left side chest, underneath left ribs

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  • Posted By: bluemerang
  • August 29, 2008
  • 06:04 PM

On trying to find more answers than those I have so far got from my doctor, I was browsing web pages just to face the lines written by "THE_ONE", which look as though they had been written by me!
I also (since end of June 2008) have been having some unusual (and considered minor) health problems.
It started as repetitive episodes of nauseas, weakness, lightheadedness, some tremors, accentuated differences in blood pressure min and max readings, but after a few mins all symptoms disappeared. Then, from July onwards, these symptoms evolved with an add in of pains in all articulations and bones, many tiny capillaries close to my ankles started turning bluish and itchy, in some areas small round purplish patches appeared, as if I had had a bruise locally. But the most severe symptom started mid-august, when a very intense pain started on my left side, just below the last rib. I have previously suffered from kidney disorders (pielonephritis) so I knew it wasnt due to this, and I suffer from a minor inter-auricular communication in my heart, but I am also very aware to all that could be any heart symptom, as I have lived with this minor heart condition since childhood.
So, I thought at first it was a slight problem with one of the smaller ribs, as I had recently started going everyday to the fitness club, so I skipped a few lessons, and then went back to the gym, just to find out that the pain persisted whatever I did.
I havent been able to sleep properly since then, as the pain tends to increase when lying down, especially if I fall asleep on my left side.
I started "studying" the matter and believed it could have something to do with a suddenly defective spleen...as one of my grandfathers died of sudden leukaemia and as I read this might be a sypmtom, I even for a couple of hours feared the worst, so I decided to finally go see the doctor.
All blood and X ray tests she has had me undergo so far seem to say there is nothing clinically wrong with me at all, but as symptoms persist and my stomach is also very sensitive too, she is now sending me to do some more tests (ecocardiogram, electrocardiogram and more specific blood analyses...) and in the meantime is treating me for muscular tension.
I really have no idea (and my doctor doesnt seem to have a clue either) what it could be. Pain is constant, no relief even with mild pain killers, and increases if I fall asleep on the left side or if I try walking at used to be my "normal" pace or if I walk over 10 minutes without straining myself at all.
IF any "Dr. House" sort of qualified person or team is out there that might enlighten us on this, I would really appreciate.

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  • have you found out what was causing the lower rib pain?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 05:56 PM
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  • On trying to find more answers than those I have so far got from my doctor, I was browsing web pages just to face the lines written by "THE_ONE", which look as though they had been written by me! I also (since end of June 2008) have been having some unusual (and considered minor) health problems. It started as repetitive episodes of nauseas, weakness, lightheadedness, some tremors, accentuated differences in blood pressure min and max readings, but after a few mins all symptoms disappeared. Then, from July onwards, these symptoms evolved with an add in of pains in all articulations and bones, many tiny capillaries close to my ankles started turning bluish and itchy, in some areas small round purplish patches appeared, as if I had had a bruise locally. But the most severe symptom started mid-august, when a very intense pain started on my left side, just below the last rib. I have previously suffered from kidney disorders (pielonephritis) so I knew it wasnt due to this, and I suffer from a minor inter-auricular communication in my heart, but I am also very aware to all that could be any heart symptom, as I have lived with this minor heart condition since childhood. So, I thought at first it was a slight problem with one of the smaller ribs, as I had recently started going everyday to the fitness club, so I skipped a few lessons, and then went back to the gym, just to find out that the pain persisted whatever I did. I havent been able to sleep properly since then, as the pain tends to increase when lying down, especially if I fall asleep on my left side. I started "studying" the matter and believed it could have something to do with a suddenly defective spleen...as one of my grandfathers died of sudden leukaemia and as I read this might be a sypmtom, I even for a couple of hours feared the worst, so I decided to finally go see the doctor. All blood and X ray tests she has had me undergo so far seem to say there is nothing clinically wrong with me at all, but as symptoms persist and my stomach is also very sensitive too, she is now sending me to do some more tests (ecocardiogram, electrocardiogram and more specific blood analyses...) and in the meantime is treating me for muscular tension. I really have no idea (and my doctor doesnt seem to have a clue either) what it could be. Pain is constant, no relief even with mild pain killers, and increases if I fall asleep on the left side or if I try walking at used to be my "normal" pace or if I walk over 10 minutes without straining myself at all. IF any "Dr. House" sort of qualified person or team is out there that might enlighten us on this, I would really appreciate.Hi go for some good dos of cremafin luxative or some tab that will clear ur stomach and gas try it good lucksolomon
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 25, 2010
    • 11:30 AM
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  • On trying to find more answers than those I have so far got from my doctor, I was browsing web pages just to face the lines written by "THE_ONE", which look as though they had been written by me! I also (since end of June 2008) have been having some unusual (and considered minor) health problems. It started as repetitive episodes of nauseas, weakness, lightheadedness, some tremors, accentuated differences in blood pressure min and max readings, but after a few mins all symptoms disappeared. Then, from July onwards, these symptoms evolved with an add in of pains in all articulations and bones, many tiny capillaries close to my ankles started turning bluish and itchy, in some areas small round purplish patches appeared, as if I had had a bruise locally. But the most severe symptom started mid-august, when a very intense pain started on my left side, just below the last rib. I have previously suffered from kidney disorders (pielonephritis) so I knew it wasnt due to this, and I suffer from a minor inter-auricular communication in my heart, but I am also very aware to all that could be any heart symptom, as I have lived with this minor heart condition since childhood. So, I thought at first it was a slight problem with one of the smaller ribs, as I had recently started going everyday to the fitness club, so I skipped a few lessons, and then went back to the gym, just to find out that the pain persisted whatever I did. I havent been able to sleep properly since then, as the pain tends to increase when lying down, especially if I fall asleep on my left side. I started "studying" the matter and believed it could have something to do with a suddenly defective spleen...as one of my grandfathers died of sudden leukaemia and as I read this might be a sypmtom, I even for a couple of hours feared the worst, so I decided to finally go see the doctor. All blood and X ray tests she has had me undergo so far seem to say there is nothing clinically wrong with me at all, but as symptoms persist and my stomach is also very sensitive too, she is now sending me to do some more tests (ecocardiogram, electrocardiogram and more specific blood analyses...) and in the meantime is treating me for muscular tension. I really have no idea (and my doctor doesnt seem to have a clue either) what it could be. Pain is constant, no relief even with mild pain killers, and increases if I fall asleep on the left side or if I try walking at used to be my "normal" pace or if I walk over 10 minutes without straining myself at all. IF any "Dr. House" sort of qualified person or team is out there that might enlighten us on this, I would really appreciate.this sounds like me and i have also been desperate for answers... anyone ever find anything? thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2011
    • 00:41 AM
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  • I have experienced the exact same symptoms in the exact same areas as well. I can empathize with you in every way possible. Unfortunately I was extremely stubborn and did not seek medical advice such as yourself until it was at the most extreme. Turns out I had a kidney stone at a whopping 12mm. If you have had kidney problems in the past it is possible to create a stone of that size. It can't move into the bladder so therefore it causes pain in the upper left flank. Weakness, nausea, fever(eventually), fatigue, pain while laying down, while walking or standing, busted veins, bruising from the slightest touch, also the itching is caused by the decreased circulation. Leg pain, pain, and chest pain was also present in my case all on my left side and my blood pressure would be extremely erratic. The Dr.that did my emergency surgery told me the BP erratics is causes by the onset of pain and the overall extreme adjustment and havoc on the body. I let mine go way too far and destroyed 30% of my kidney function. I reeked havok on my body because I thought I had something. Else and never even thought of the word kidney stone. I even got so bad that I would fall at least 2 times a week. Now I have 3 herniated disk in the back just from that. I would find another Urologist or a good one and see them and demand to be checked ASAP. I wish you luck, and I hope this helps a little. I pray that noone is ever as stupid. And hard headed as I was..Heather from Georgia
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2011
    • 07:13 PM
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